Parts of north west England are receiving a disproportionate number of asylum seekers, says Liverpool’s mayor.
Joe Anderson warned of “community cohesion” problems as a result of the government’s private contractor Serco sending too many to some areas.
He told BBC Radio 4’s File on 4: “There seems to be a sort of asylum apartheid operating where certain cities are the ones that are taking the unfair share.”
Surely, comrade, what’s ‘unfair’ is that you are getting more than your fair share of the glorious diversity?
The Home Office told BBC News: “No area in the North West is above the agreed convention of one accommodated asylum claimant for every 200 of the resident local authority population.”
Perhaps the asylum seekers are more noticeable because they actually get up in the morning..?
Labour’s Mr Anderson said: “We’ll always be a city of sanctuary and we’ll always offer a hand of friendship to people fleeing countries where they’re being persecuted. “
Well, what’s the problem, then?
“Everybody’s got to play their part… [so] it’s not just left to the poorest wards or areas in the city where Serco can afford to buy houses.
“It causes problems for community cohesion.”
Quite right, comrade, quite right. I bet the houses are quite large where you live? We’ll buy one, and house a couple of families in it.
There! Problem solved!
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